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Comets Wrestlers Score Win In Quad Event

The Halifax County High School wrestling team added another win Thursday night as it won one of its three matches in a quad event held at E.C. Glass High School. Halifax County picked up its win with a 39-29 win over Brookville High School. In the other matches, the Comets fell to E.C. Glass 45-32 and dropped a 48-36 decision to Appomattox High School.

“The Brookville match was a good win for us, and we made up a bunch of points against Glass from the last time we wrestled them,” noted Comets head coach Brady Taylor.  “Appomattox is a tough team, and we were right there with them through the final few matches.”

After having scored two wins here on Wednesday night in the final home contest of the season, the Comets had another good outing in Thursday night’s quad event.

Taylor pointed out that with his team having to start each match down by 24 points as the result of having to forfeit four weight classes, his team faces an uphill battle with each match.

“We start out every match down 24 points, so we have very little room for error in order to win a dual match,” Taylor explained.

“We were in all three matches, but a couple of breaks went against us and we couldn’t come out on top.”

Three Comets wrestlers, 103-pounder Ethan Collie, 125-pounder Tyler Bentley and 215-pounder Justin Perkins went undefeated through their three matches, with Bentley and Perkins pinning all three of their opponents.

“Bentley and Perkins really wrestled well,” said Taylor.

“They are both on a roll right now, and are wrestling better than they have all season. Ethan Collie leads the team with 26 wins this season. He’s had some forfeits at 103, but he has really helped us out.”

The Comets (11-21 overall) have had a busy schedule over the past couple of weeks as they head into the final stretch of regular-season contests and prepare for the Western Valley District Tournament.

Halifax County High School was to have competed in the Western Valley District Super Quad at GW on Saturday. With the impending winter storm on the horizon, that event has been rescheduled for Tuesday.

“We have the WVD Duals coming up, and we are wrestling pretty well,” Taylor said. “Hopefully we can keep it up, and get some good seeds for the district tournament. Our weights are under control now and everybody is doing a good job of staying down. I think that has really helped us. We are able to focus on getting better and not having to worry so much about making weight.”

Taylor said the busy schedule will pay off for the team when it comes to tournament time.

“This week alone, we had nine matches scheduled on three different days,” noted Taylor. “Even with Saturday’s quad being postponed until Tuesday, we had a total five matches on back-to-back nights. Going multiple times a night helps get them used to what they will face in the tournaments.

“Practice-wise we’re going to turn it up a bit and go hard and fast to help us reach our peak for the tournaments,” added the Comets coach. 

“We’ll divide the team up between the three coaches and try to give more individualized workouts to set each wrestler up for the best chance to improve in the areas they need most. If we can stay healthy and focused, I think we can have some success in the post season.”